Germany is situated in western European and has an abundance of history spanning back two millennia. Germany is a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. The capital, Berlin is filled with art and iconic monuments such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building. Munich is famous for Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th century Hofbräuhaus.
Germany is one of Europe’s largest countries, hosting a wide variety of landscapes – the tall, rugged mountains in the south, the northern sandy plains, the forest-laden hills of the west, and the agricultural plains of the east.
The magnificent east-central city of Berlin is the spiritual heart of the country and now, after decades of partition, it is the capital of a reunified Germany. The Rhine River, flowing northward from Switzerland, is heralded in visual art, literature, folklore, and song. Along the banks are hundreds of medieval castles, churches, picturesque villages, market towns, cultural and educational centers, and culture itself. Germany has a thriving tourist economy, which brings millions of visitors to the country each year, drawn there by its natural beauty, history, culture, and cuisine – and not forgetting its famous wines and beers.
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UK: Not required for a stay of up to 3 months in duration.
USA: Not required for a stay of up to 90 days in duration.
In the summer, wear light cotton clothes, such as t-shirts, shorts, and sandals. Although, if you are planning to visit the cities and towns, you may want to bring comfortable walking shoes. Pack sunglasses, a sun visor or hat, and sunscreen for the sunnier days. In winter, it's advisable to wrap up warm.
The Germans watch Dinner For One every New Year’s Eve, an English Comedy Sketch from the 1960s. The majority of German families know this old black and white sketch word for word as it is shown on national television annually. The Germans are also renowned for their love of structure. There is a common German saying, “Ordnung muss sein,” or “There must be order.” With this in mind, it is worth noting that in Germany, the red man at a crossing must be followed as the law, and anybody daring to cross the road while the sign is on red will be met with disapproval from all sides.
Service employees in Germany are generally fairly compensated, so tipping is not really necessary. Still, it’s expected to leave a gratuity unless the service is very poor. Restaurant bills are usually inclusive of service fees. As a rule, you should tip the waiter an additional 5 to 10%. Andante Travels will take care of gratuities to restaurant staff, local guides and drivers.